Deet is widely accepted as a tick and mosquito repellant. I find it better for mosquito. Not so much ticks. I don't like it on my skin. I spray it on my hat, and shirt.

Picaridin is the new Deet. It is safer and more effective and safe on the skin. Deet is slowly being replaced in popular repellants and new products are being developed. .

Permethrin is very effective against ticks, but not directly on the skin. Treat your shoes, socks and pants the night before in a ventilated area and dry overnight. treatment lasts through several washes. 

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I find Off and Proven at CVS and Permethrin at sport stores for camping and hunting supplies.  

Hike well maintained trails and avoid grassy areas.

I use all three products for a layered approach. Wear light colored clothes so you can spot the ticks. Tuck your long pants into your tight knit socks. Compression socks and legging's are a plus. 

After hike, put your clothes through the drier to kill what ticks you may have missed. Take a hot shower and inspect yourself.  I keep my hiking clothes and permethrin in the laundry room in the basement..

Ticks hate the smell of lemon, orange, cinnamon, lavender, peppermint, and rose geranium so they'll avoid latching on to anything that smells of those items.

Compiled by Bob Beattie
Peconic Pathfinders